Whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; Psalm 15:3
All comedy movies usually have one thing in common, though not always, but that is they focus on cutting other people down. People think it is funny to slam another person or make that person look bad.
This also occurs in the public realm of politics. When a person is running for a position, it appears that all most can talk about is how bad the other candidate is. People love to find fault in others or make a false statement about the person to cut him down. It helps them feel better about themselves.
Slandering people is something that occurs in every area of life, school, workplace, homes, and neighborhoods. It can be seen everywhere.
David asked the question of who can live on God’s holy mountain and then proceeds to answer it in this psalm. One of the things a person must not do is slander or cast slurs onto someone else.
Every believer is to love every one and build every one up. They are never to cut someone down. Slander cuts and kills people. It destroys people and their lives, whether true or false. Usually slander is not true.
Sadly this type of action can be seen inside the church. People slam other believers, condemning them quickly and talking bad about them, rather than encouraging them and building them up.
Many believers are quick to point out sins in others, and overlook what they are doing right. Churches have split over slander. Ministers have been removed over false slander and slurs being cast, and most of this by people in the church.
One can expect the world to slander others, they don’t know God. But those in the church are to love and build up because they know God.
Your words do matter. They have an effect upon the lives of other people, to bring life or death, to build up or tear down.
Think about the words God has given you. They work at building you up, not tearing you down. Just as God speaks words of love and life towards you, you must also speak words of love and life towards others.
Think about the words you will speak before you say them. Will they build up or tear down? Show love or hate? Your words do matter.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that your words spoken will be words God would say; that you will build people up in Jesus; and that you will always speak the truth of God in love to all people.